In 2015, FIAC has retained this radical project consisting only of flowers that Kapwani Kiwanga proposed for the Lafayette sector in the Grand Palais.
Flowers for Africa is a conceptual project that questions the material from which history is wrought, its fragility, its infallibility, its visibility and its hierarchy. Starting from a long and patient work on visual archives relating to decolonization, Kapwani Kiwanga defined a protocol calling for a recovery from iconographic documents of the time ; bouquets of flowers have been used for obviously symbolic purposes in ceremonies or events related to the independence of African countries.
On this occasion, the gallery will publish an interview between Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez and Kapwani Kiwanga about the Flowers for Africa project.
Kapwani Kiwanga will perform in the auditorium of the Grand Palais for the FIAC opening on Thursday, October 22nd, 2015, thanks to the “Association des directeurs de centres d’art”.